Lion and Wiener Dog Have Grown Up Together and Their Friendship Will Warm Your Heart
Viral| | By Jason Owen
Most of the big cats at the G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Winwood, OK probably view a tiny dachshund as a potential meal, but surprisingly, one lion has taken the mantle of the dog’s resident guardian-in-chief.
Meet Abby and Bonedigger – excellent name for a lion – an unlikely pair that came to the refuge when both were young. According to caretakers at the wildlife refuge, while Bonedigger, a Barbary lion, gets along with all four of the dachshunds, it’s really Abby who has stolen his heart.
“I can’t say that I’ve ever seen anything like this bond,” said John Reikene, park manager at G.W. “They’re always just loving on each other.”
According to their caretakers, Bonedigger was born at G.W. and not long after that Abby came along. Zookeepers think they were somewhere between six to nine weeks old when they were first introduced. Despite Bonedigger’s much larger size, he and Abby became the best of friends.
“The most amazing thing is the bond that they’ve built,” added Reikene.
Watch their full story below.